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Thunderbirds kick off Saturday

The Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton Thunderbirds football season gets underway Saturday night in Mayville, against the Southwestern Trojans. Pictured are the Thunderbirds wide receivers. Front row, from left: Connor Utegg, Anton Graham, Noah Adams. Back row, from left: Jack Lachajczyk, Chase ...

Dunkirk wins tight defensive battle vs. Olean Huskies, 7-6

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Dunkirk Marauders came out on top of a defensive showdown in Olean on Friday night, in a Class B cross-over season-opening playoff game, by a score of 7-6 over the Olean Huskies. Dunkirk (1-0) trailed 6-0 in the fourth quarter, but a 4-yard touchdown run ...

Black Knights fall to Akron, 28-6

OBSERVER Staff Report AKRON — The expectations the Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights had for themselves going into the season hit a snag in their first piece of action, as they fell 28-6 to the Akron Tigers on Friday night. The game was tight at half time, as Akron entered the ...

Lady Wolverines beat Maple Grove

OBSERVER Staff Report BEMUS POINT — Continuing their strong start to the season, the Westfield/Brocton Lady Wolverines snuck by the Maple Grove Red Dragons, 1-0, at Maple Grove. The Red Dragons bested the Lady Wolverines in all three of their meetings last season. Katie Bodenmiller, ...

Golden Cougars open with Portville

The Cassadaga Valley/Falconer Golden Cougars football team kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday afternoon at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Their opponent, the Portville Panthers, come in with high expectations this season. After a 3-6 record a year ago, Portville is no longer a young team ...

Golden Cougars ambushed by Portville, 41-0

SINCLAIRVILLE — On paper before kickoff, Saturday’s Class C South football matchup between the Portville Panthers and the Cassadaga Valley/Falconer Golden Cougars pointed toward a Portville win. Sometimes circumstances like that can be proven wrong, which leads to the old saying “on any ...

Lady Wolverines take down Dunkirk, 6-0

WESTFIELD — With an early season full of high expectations, the Westfield/Brocton Lady Wolverines are certainly living up to them. After topping Randolph 3-0 last Friday, the Wolverines (2-0) took down the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (0-3) by a commanding score of 6-0. Westfield/Brocton got off ...

Fredonia football is excited to get started in Class C South

Most students dread summer vacation ending, but the Fredonia Hillbillies football team has been looking forward to it, because it signals the start of the football season. The Hillbillies will get their first look at the Section VI Class C South division when they host Gowanda/Pine Valley ...

Black Knights running back Angel Caraballo has high expectations

SILVER CREEK – Coming off what was a disappointing season last year, the Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights enter this season with heavy expectations for themselves. “I honestly see this team going far,” said Black Knights’ running back Angel Caraballo. And Caraballo is one who ...

Dunkirk football will find answers tonight in Olean

Heading into week one of the 2019 season, the Dunkirk Marauders football team is surrounded by several question marks. With a team of mostly new players, head coach Mike Sarratori has to figure out his unknowns. Fortunately for him, his team is off to a good start mentally. “We had a good ...

Silver Creek takes down Olmstead, 5-0

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Lady Black Knights stormed to a 5-0 victory over Olmsted Thursday in Silver Creek. The Black Knights offense put up three goals in the first half, two of which came off the red hot foot of Jaylah Cossin, in the fifth minute and 17th minute, respectively, ...

Lady Cougars take down Pine Valley in three sets

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Cougars knocked out the Pine Valley Panthers at home last night in three sets, 25-9, 25-23, 25-12. For Cassadaga Valley (1-2, 0-0), Kaitlyn Dahl led the way with 15 assists and three aces, while Heidi Williams had seven kills and three aces, and Meghan ...

Wolverines soccer stays hot with win over Randolph, 1-0

RANDOLPH — The Westfield/Brocton boys soccer team held off Randolph, 1-0, in a Section VI non-league boys soccer game at Randolph High School, on Thursday. The Wolverines (4-0) continued their hot start to the season with a hard fought win over Randolph, 1-0. Jason Almeter was called to ...

Black Knights roll

SILVER CREEK — Last season didn’t end the way the Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights wanted it to, with a loss to Westfield/Brocton in the Section VI boys soccer playoffs. The first page of the Black Knights’ latest chapter was written on Wednesday — and what a chapter it was for ...

Gowanda defeats Fredonia in 3 sets

GOWANDA — After battling back and forth the majority of the first two sets, the Gowanda Panthers had their best runs in the end of each set to help them jump out to a 2-0 lead and eventual 3-0 victory over Fredonia. The Panthers defeated the Fredonia Hillbillies, 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 in a ...

Panama holds off Cassadaga Valley

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — Not many teams over the last few years have challenged the Panama Panthers on the volleyball court. On Wednesday night, Cassadaga Valley put up quite a fight. In the end, back-to-back State finalist Panama still came out on top in straight sets, 25-13, ...

Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

ANOTHER NFL season is upon us after a fantastic summer. Rosters have been finalized and hope springs eternal for the NFL’s 32 hopefuls. That group includes the long-suffering Buffalo Bills who open the season with a two-week road trip to face first the New York Jets and then the New York ...

Young Lady ‘Billies carry the load in first win of season

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — After dropping their first game last Friday night in Frewsburg, the Fredonia Lady ‘Billies put up their first win of the season, topping Mt. Mercy 4-0, in a non-league girls soccer game on Wednesday, in Buffalo. Fredonia (1-1) held a 1-0 lead early in the ...

Wind doesn’t seem to be dying down

It looks like the month of September will also have no shortage of strong wind. If you look at the horizon to the south, you can usually witness the windmills in Arkwright turning at a steady pace. That is especially true if you are offshore on Lake Erie, while in pursuit of walleye, perch, ...